Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A council or meeting of indigenous peoples of southern Africa to discuss an important matter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An important conference held by leaders of the Zulu and Xhosa peoples of South Africa.
  • n. A problem, a concern.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the natives of South Africa, a council or conference for the discussion of affairs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a council at which indigenous peoples of southern Africa meet to discuss some important question

Etymologies

Zulu ín-dàbà, affair, topic for discussion, conference : ín-, n. pref. + -dàbà, affair.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Zulu indaba. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The indaba was the first such comprehensive interaction between the President and government on the one hand and the Big Business

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The two-day indaba, which is being attended by representatives from all levels of government, ends on Friday.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The first was the significance of a climate in which every participant is guaranteed a hearing; some people were dismissive of the 'indaba' process, the method of organising group discussion in units manageable enough for everyone to speak, without pressure to produce an agreed statement – but the importance of this became apparent, if I may hazard a rather sharp judgement, in the light of how some other aspects of the Conference worked.

    Archbishop's Presidential Address

  • We've called these 'indaba' groups, picking up an African word for meetings where significant questions are worked through in a community.

    Launch of Lambeth Conference 2008

  • Each 'indaba' group brings together a number of smaller Bible study groups, who will be studying John's Gospel each day.

    Archbishop on the forthcoming Lambeth Conference

  • So the new thing about Lambeth this time is that the whole body of the bishops will be divided into middle-sized groups, called 'indaba' groups, from a Zulu word describing community discussion and decision-making.

    Archbishop on the forthcoming Lambeth Conference

  • The government will hold an "indaba" on the 2010 Soccer World Cup to iron out difficulties which could affect its success, it was announced on Tuesday.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mwanawasa organized the forum, or "indaba," which ended late

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mwanawasa organized the four-day forum, or "indaba," to give

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • CS indaba which is the highest decision-making body of the civil process.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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